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July 14, 2003

Hutchison 3G HK teams up with NEC and Siemens
to build world-class 3G mobile network in Hong Kong

Leveraging on the success of NEC Corporation (NEC) and Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) in building Hutchison's 3G networks in the UK and Italy, Hutchison 3G HK Limited (Hutchison 3G HK) has awarded a contract to NEC and Siemens mobile for the supply of the radio network of its third generation (3G) WCDMA-based network. Hutchison 3G HK targets to launch its 3 service in August 2003.

Under the contract, NEC and Siemens mobile provide the major component of the 3G network other than the core network and supply Hutchison 3G HK with a world-class and comprehensive 3G radio access network comprising radio network controllers, radio base stations and network management system on a turnkey basis. The NEC and Siemens mobile's infrastructure is based on WCDMA technology and is fully compliant to the international specifications set by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP).

Over 1000 radio base stations have been installed by NEC and Siemens mobile across Hong Kong. These base stations include a number of micro node-B "NB-341", which are cost-effective, space-saving base stations optimal for the smooth deployment and rapid expansion of service areas. The micro-node-B is developed as part of the NEC-Siemens mobile alliance in Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) technologies.

Mrs. Agnes Nardi, Managing Director of Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited said, "We are pleased to have teamed up with NEC and Siemens mobile as our radio network suppliers following their successful deployment of Hutchison's 3G networks in the UK and Italy. With the installation of over 1000 radio base stations across Hong Kong, we will be offering our 3 customers with full coverage in the territory. As the largest mobile operator with 20 years extensive experience in Hong Kong's mobile industry, we will deliver the first 3G network in Hong Kong with a full range of robust and compelling new services."

"NEC and Siemens mobile have developed an unrivalled track record in implementing 3G network solutions worldwide and we hope to accelerate the 3G market," said Ben Nakamura, Senior Vice President and member of the board at NEC Corporation. "Our fast and efficient delivery for 3, not only in Hong Kong but also in the UK and Italy, further highlights our strength, and demonstrates high quality and commitment of our team. As a strategic partner, NEC will fully support and contribute to Hutchison 3G HK with its 3G competence and know-how in mobile internet field, handsets and infrastructure technologies."

"The construction of the 3G radio network for Hutchison 3G HK demonstrates Siemens mobile and NEC are best-in-class: when the network is completed it will be one of the fastest network roll-outs ever. It shows our capacity to react quickly and flexible and at the same time be uncompromising when it comes to reliability. In terms of delivering successful 3G network roll-outs Siemens mobile and NEC are now the leading 3G suppliers", said Lothar Pauly, board member of Siemens Information and Communication Mobile.

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Media Contact:

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
Frances Ng
Tel: +852 2128 2104
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NEC Corporation
Akiko Shikimori
Tel: +81 (0)3 3798 6511

Siemens mobile
Axel Schafmeister
Tel: +49 89 636 51675

About Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited ("HTHK"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited ("HWL"), is responsible for managing HWL's operations of mobile services, telecom retail services and call centre services in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as mobile communication consultancy services in Mainland China, under the trading name "Hutchison Telecom".

Hutchison 3G HK Limited ("Hutchison 3G HK"), a subsidiary of HTHK, is the holder of a 3G licence in Hong Kong. Hutchison 3G HK is jointly owned by HWL (71%), NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (24%) and NEC Corporation (5%).

HTHK, being a member of the Hutchison Telecommunications Group, is currently the largest mobile operator in Hong Kong. Since 1983, the Group has always been a pioneer in the development of mobile communications in Hong Kong during its past 20 years of operations, deploying multiple mobile technologies, including 1G analog, 2G GSM/CDMA/PCS, and 2.5G GPRS/IS95B mobile communications under "Orange" brand in Hong Kong. Hutchison 3G HK will be the first operator in Hong Kong to roll out world-class 3G service under "3" brand, leading its technical and service excellence into the 3G era.

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About NEC Corporation

NEC is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $40 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2003.
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NEC is a total solution provider for 3G and the mobile Internet. NEC has been involved in every first-stage rollout of 3G systems worldwide. NEC is also responsible for developing the first 3G handsets for use on the world's first 3G network. NEC has competence in the mobile Internet area with its mobile infrastructure system, mobile application platform and its impressive portfolio of contents. NEC's mobile handsets are known for their prominent technologies including large colour screens, built-in cameras and other functions that make the, ideal for use in mobile Internet.

About Siemens mobile

The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (Siemens mobile) offers the complete range of mobile solutions including mobile devices, infrastructure and applications. Devices include mobile phones, fashion accessory phones, wireless modules, mobile organizers and cordless phones as well as products for wireless home networks. The infrastructure portfolio includes GSM, GPRS and 3G mobile network technologies from base stations and switching systems to intelligent networks, e.g. for prepaid services. Mobile Applications cover end-to-end solutions for Messaging, Location Based Services or Mobile Payment. For fiscal 2002 (September 30), Siemens mobile recorded sales of EUR 11 billion and employed approximately 28,600 people worldwide.

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